As we ready for the 2015 NFL schedule to be released Tuesday night at 8 p.m., here are 12 games that could be marquee matchups wherever they land on the schedule, whether it’s Week One or Week 17:
GAMES SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED (DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY)
New England at Indianapolis — Can the Colts’ defense offer a little more resistance this year?
Pittsburgh at Baltimore — Still one of the NFL’s top rivalries, even as some of the stars who shined in these battle royales exit stage left.
New England at Buffalo — For years, the Patriots have dominated this matchup. Can the Bills begin to close the gap?
Denver at Indianapolis — Will this be Peyton Manning’s final game at Lucas Oil Stadium?
Seattle at Baltimore — It seems like these guys should play more often. Let’s work on this.
Philadelphia at Dallas — The NFC East’s last two champions square off as DeMarco Murray returns to Texas.
Green Bay at Denver — Can the retooling Broncos make one more run with their future Hall of Fame quarterback? This is the sort of game an AFC-title contender should be able to gut out at home, even against top-caliber Green Bay.
Philadelphia at New England — Two innovative clubs so effective when it comes to dialing up the pace meet in this intriguing non-conference matchup.
Arizona at Seattle — The Cardinals didn’t have quarterback Carson Palmer in either matchup with Seattle a season ago.
Seattle at San Francisco — This rivalry will lose its punch if the 49ers are meek and middling.
GAMES WITH DATE ALREADY REPORTED
Pittsburgh at New England (reportedly set for Week One) — The Steelers are 17-8 since losing 55-31 in Foxborough in 2013. (It looks like this game will open the regular season.)
Seattle at Green Bay (reportedly set for Week Two) — The Seahawks can’t break the Packers’ hearts again . . . can they?